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Danone plans NZ food hub

Danone, John Key 3:38pm French food giant has big plans for its NZ infant formula products after buying two Kiwi companies.

Payout cut on the cards

Dairy cows. Dairy prices have stabilised but not enough to stop Fonterra cutting its milk price forecast, economists say.

Yachts targeted in fruit fly fight

Queensland fruit fly Yachts arriving in Northland from overseas will face greater biosecurity scrutiny to keep out a devastating pest.

Pig farmer rescues protester

farmwatch protest Bloem A protester had to be helped down from a Dunedin pig farm by the farmer himself this morning.

Shrek fleeced of record

wool A woolly Aussie heavyweight claims to have toppled Kiwi sheep Shrek's decade-old 27kg record.

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Milking her dream job

Daisy the calf has pride of place in Louise Giltrap's childhood scrapbook. Rediscovering a memento of her childhood takes Louise Giltrap back to the calf that sparked a dream.

Tech take up slow

NZ leads the world in developing new technologies for improved production but they're poorly taken up on our farms.

Rural Kiwis getting raw deal

Water tax will raise prices

Payout cut on the cards

Dairy cows. Dairy prices have stabilised but not enough to stop Fonterra cutting its milk price forecast, economists say.

Swede fears spread

Fears of swede poisoning could not only affect milking and calving seasons, but also sheep, say experts.

Final Fonterra report released

Jury is still out

Danone plans NZ food hub

French food giant has big plans for its NZ infant formula products after buying two Kiwi companies.

Environment focus

roast beef Sheep and beef farming-funded group focusing on environmental research to help the sector deal with what is seen as a juggernaut.

Holy Cow, it's a girl!

She was destined for the meat works, but instead this fertile cow has just delivered her 23rd live calf.

Scholarship win scores US trip

Breaking fresh ground

Filled with bulls

An enthusiastic bench of buyers have paid top prices for quality bulls at Wingrove Stud's auction in Taranaki.

No time to be sheepish

57th annual Heading and Huntaway dog sales near Gore. Matt Porter - he's from away - went to see a few men in Gore about a few dogs.

Wool sector unity closer

New Zealand's fragmented wool industry has taken a small step towards consolidation.

Wool vote under way

Red-zone sheep plan roasted

Shrek fleeced of record

A woolly Aussie heavyweight claims to have toppled Kiwi sheep Shrek's decade-old 27kg record.

Onion secrets shared

Onion Eat your onions, because they contain many health-giving compounds.

Seeds of optimism

Canterbury's arable farmers are scanning the horizon for more mild weather to get crops in the ground this spring after a wet autumn sowing.

Delays frustrate hemp growers

Hawke's Bay grower wins

Yachts targeted in fruit fly fight

Yachts arriving in Northland from overseas will face greater biosecurity scrutiny to keep out a devastating pest.

Not a normal farm

Bryan Tucker A diverse range of animals roam the irrigated fields of a South Wairarapa farm.

Water tax may hit farmers hard

Canterbury farmers may be forced to pay the bulk of a $40 million a year irrigation tax.

Enviro rules testing consultants

Time to value older employees

PM hits back over Flock Hill

PM says Flock Hill's overseas owners must create value for NZ and loss of 16 jobs a 'red herring'.

Time to plan beyond forced births

calf Forced births (inductions) will not be allowed from spring next year and farmers are being advised to start taking action now.

Common sense required

Stock on roads can result in tragedy if the risk is not taken seriously.

An extra week to end it all?

Plantain guru casts light on system

Cute and cuddly killers?

Health board warns allowing children to frolic with baby spring animals could lead them to contracting serious and potentially life threatening diseases.

Bigger plans on the way for Fieldays

Hamilton's Mystery Creek Pavilion is filled with the latest in agribusiness offerings for the Fieldays. Planning is already well underway for next year's Fieldays, as the team celebrates the success of the most recent event.

A brave new world

Technology is set to make farming a push-button business in the next decade.

Sculpture's timely entry

Upbeat over tech future

Chile chases youngster's invention

Young inventor Patrick Roskam is on an upward trajectory of success following his acceptance of his latest award.